I'm excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for six years.
I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.
I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career a
s an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. Since then, I have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad and am a frequent guest vocalist and recitalist.
Recently, I performed with Alia Musica here in Pittsburgh premiering works by local composers and created the role of Pamela in the premiere of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA. On the concert stage, I have recently appeared with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Bach Choir and CreateHere's Hops and Opera.
Highlights of my performances include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote with West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Opera San Jose and Pocket Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio and Yvette in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Other roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Herz in The Impresario, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Monica in The Medium, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.
I was a featured performer in a series of concerts in Europe, South America, and Australia aboard Cunard's Vistafjord and Royal Viking Sun.
I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.
During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.
If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
Sarah P. July 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She was wonderful! Her teaching style is very personable. She is very flexible. She takes her time with you. Certainly recommend!
Barry S. July 1, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She has helped me tremendously! We have a good time learning and laughing during my lessons with her. She had also helped me to stop listening to what others think about my voice and focus on believing in myself as I learn and progress. Risks l thanks
Michelle R. March 11, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Desiree puts the fun in fundamentals!
I decided to take voice lessons for pleasure as a hobby to keep my mind off of the stresses of daily life. I had a lot of confidence issues to get over when I started taking lessons with Desiree; mainly because I didn't want to embarrass myself like those people I make fun of on American Idol. Her non-threatening teaching style has been the perfect fit for me...although she does raise her voice at me when I judge myself too harshly, but I won't count against her ;) My confidence has soared and I feel that I'm a much bolder and more comfortable singer. Iâm enjoying every minute of discovering my voice with Desiree. I've still got some work to do but I'm confident she'll help me reach my goals.
Anastasia is a jazz soprano and performer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2010 she began attending Bucks County Community College studying Music Performance. Her main focus was in the classical voice style, studying with Rochelle Reed. After successfully completing the program, Ms. Anastasia received an Associate of Arts degree in May of 2013. In August of the same year she began attending Duquesne University. Ms. Anastasia will be graduating with a Bachelors of Music in Performance degree in December of 2015 with a major focus on jazz voice.
In addition to studying voice, Anastasia ha
s been studying and playing the flute since she was in 5th grade. She has played in different ensembles such as her high school's concert band, Duquesne University's flute choir and more recently, a concert series she participated in abroad, in Brazil.
Anastasia is very eager to begin her teaching career and would love to share the experience of learning something new with you today!
Gizelxanath was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. A naturally talented opera singer, she has extended her repertoire range to an almost all encompassing one which includes musical comedy, french popular songs, latin american boleros, jazz, sacred music, Afro-Peruvian-style pieces, Argentinean tango and Mexican folklore, in addition to the standard operatic repertoire. Her artistic qualifications include operatic studies and Masterclasses in highly prestigious universities such as: The Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik (Salzburg, Austria), The Ark Institute for the Performing Arts (San
Diego, California), The Conservatory of Music (Tijuana, México) and The University of Baja California. She has been the recipient of many noteworthy awards including: The University of Fresno Zarzuela Scholarship, and The Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Auditions Award 2003.
The intrinsic beauty of her voice has been recognized and praised by many of today’s best opera singers, composers and musicians, including: Grace Bumbry, Francisco Araiza, Jaques d’Ambroise, Jerome Korman, Judith Lynn Stillman, Georgetta Psaros, John Bills, Pablo Zinger, Pancho Navarro and Enrique Gonzales Medina.
Among the many professional achievements throughout her musical career, it is worth to highlight her brilliant performance as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Small Opera of San Diego, 2000), Lola, in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (2002 - 2003), Serafina, in Enrique Medina’s Serafina and Arcangela (Los Angeles Eutrepe’s Opera Company, 2003), Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (New York at Lincoln Center National Dance institute 2010).
Her Recording catalog includes three solo albums: Cartas de Amor (1998), Passion Tango (2009), and Piensa en mi (2010), as well as many collaborations with world-renowned artists.
Today she thrives as one of the most versatile Mexican sopranos, performing regularly throughout the United States and internationally.
This is my element. Whether you have never sung an aria before, cant quite get that melisma, or just want to spend some time on that most worth of investments; legato, I'm here to offer my expertise
Hi, I'm Alec. I just completed my Masters degree at the University of Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio and before that studied at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory for my Undergrad. I have been studying voice for the past 8 years, and Vocal Pedagogy and training have been a big part of my education for the last 4 years. I am predominantly a performer, and can offer help in any part of the performance or auditioning processes. I also have a strong knowledge of Music Theory as well as Music History. Anyone can have a beautiful singing voice, and no matter what your singing style, or level of training
, I would love to help you find that!
Melody N. June 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
I've been studying the voice for awhile now. Or so it feels...
I've had many mentors...
out of all of them...
i feel most comfortable around him.
He's extremely positive, fun, open minded & appreciative.
He knows so much about sound, acoustics and the voice
and can pretty much help you accomplish anything you desire.
I am a certified music teacher with a bachelor's and master's degree in music education. My primary instrument is voice, and I can also teach beginning and intermediate level guitar. I am classically trained for both choral and operatic singing, but I am also experienced in singing and teaching for musical theater and popular/rock music. I can incorporate music theory and music reading skills into lessons depending on your wants and needs. I also have experience playing in bands, and currently perform in an acoustic duo, Flying Blind, as well as in the newly formed Jessica Seanz Band. If you h
ave additional questions or specific skills you are hoping to learn, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions. Thanks for considering me for your music instruction needs!
Alexandra T. April 13, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I worked with Mr. Pickering for three years when he was my high school choir director and it was a great experience for me. He inspired me to work my hardest and always push myself to be better than I was the day before. Now I am studying to be a music teacher myself; I hope to inspire my students to be their best just like he did.
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Beverly
"Joshua is great at his craft. I spent a lot of time since I moved to the East Coast looking for an voice coach who understand what my voice needed. Josh
ua stepped right in and put into words what I have been trying to tell other for a long time. He's truthful and I know I can trust what he say. That was important to me. I want to say you Joshua. I now have something to look forward to."
Washington, DC teacher:
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Review by Julianna
"Tom is a most excellent vocal instructor
Tom is a wonderful teacher. He is always cheerful and encouraging and positive. He searches for the best selecti
ons to match my voice. He helps me work toward the best I can be and doesn't let me "settle" for anything less. Best of all, he is so fun to be with."
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Courtney
"Extremely talented and personable
I took lessons with Stacey during my senior year of high school. Studying voice with her improved not only my overall m
usicianship, but my confidence in what I specifically had to offer as a musician. Stacey helped prepare me for my college voice auditions. So, if you're looking for a teacher who is extremely talented, personable, and will push you to succeed, I highly recommend studying with Stacey."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Marjorie
"Excellent teacher! She emphasizes the basics and the importance of breathing and proper technique in order to build a strong and healthy voice! Patient an
d knowledgeable, with her teaching, my voice improved more than it ever has with any other teaching :)"
Miami, FL teacher:
Ana Maria C.
Review by Victoria
"Denise is an amazing teacher. We wished we lived closer for face-to-face lessons. She truly listened to my child's needs and catered each lesson to achiev
ing her academic goals."
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Mark
"Chelsea aside from her amazing operatic voice, happens to be an excellent teacher. She has studied and trained with some of the top names in the business
and has been able to incorporate these various professional coaching techniques into her own style. Chelsea has performed, soloed and auditioned and knows the drill. She is patient and offers excellent and professional guidance. I would recommend her to anyone considering voice lessons for the first time, or looking for a new teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Melissa
"Excellent instructor with an impeccable understanding of vocal technique.
After a ten-year hiatus, I decided to take vocal lessons again. I am amazed at
my improvement after just three lessons. Guadalupe is patient, understanding, and very knowledgeable when it comes to vocal technique and how to execute it properly. She can teach vocalists of various styles and backgrounds with great ease because she truly understands the physiological, articulatory, and functional properties of the voice. Guadalupe also has great ears. She suggested I see a throat doctor because a few minutes into my first lesson, she heard what she thought was slight vocal information. The following week her suspicions were medically confirmed and now I am getting the proper course of treatment to eliminate this condition. I am very lucky to have her on my side as I get my voice ready for conservatory level study."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Briana
"Elena is a colleague of mine. I am always in awe of her as a singer - she displays fine technique and musical knowledge while creating enjoyable, heartfel
t performances. As a teacher, and just in general, she is extremely intelligent, hard working, and kind. I would recommend her highly to anyone looking to improve their singing."